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Dumb City Kid    Posted 11-27-2002 at 07:00:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
You folks are probably gonna get a hoot out of this dumb city kid question, but here goes...

Do both male and female cattle have horns, or do only the males (bulls) grow horns?

Yeah, I feel stupid asking, but heck, I only found out what "steers" were awhile back.

Thanks and have a great holiday

-A Dumb City Kid


JDJIM    Posted 11-27-2002 at 09:33:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can only speak for the Herford breed of cattle , not sure of others , we've had Herfords for as long as I can remember and I'm 60yrs old .
As stated below Herfords are the red with white faces and some white on their lower body , feet etc ., they are a beef cattle breed not dairy . There are Horned Herfords and Polled Herfords , they do not have horns . Usually a polled bull (no horns) no matter wheather horned or polled cow will have a hornless calf . We've always had polled bulls and that is the way it worked for us . Last few years we've been using Black Angus bulls with our Herford cows gives a polled (hornless) black whiteface calf and they are worth $.10/lb more as feeders so you do the math .
That's about as simple as I can put it and that's about all I know about it .
Don't be afraid to ask questions , how else are you going to learn . Back when I was growing up we learned all this at home , FFA , 4H Clubs etc. but if you weren't around that how are you going to know those things with out asking somewhere like this . Jim


DeadCarp - let me show ya a dumb question    Posted 11-27-2002 at 08:59:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
They're pretty rare! :)


shan HEY DEADCARP!!!!!!    Posted 11-27-2002 at 12:23:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya should put a warning on that site the music poped in and bout scared me outa my chair...LOL


Scott Hansen    Posted 11-27-2002 at 09:43:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Is that your page?


DeadCarp    Posted 11-27-2002 at 12:47:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup Scott, it's one of my pages. I build a few & administer a few. FUUUUN stuff, this! :)


ger / hey deadcarp    Posted 11-27-2002 at 13:09:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
iwas just wondering after seeing your site , is there anyplace on here that a guy could go to learn how to build web sites always wanted to try but don,t know all that much about computers


EIEIO    Posted 11-27-2002 at 07:51:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't every worry about a question being dumb, heck I thought you needed a rooster in order for the hen to lay eggs. I learned different though!

Plus remember the question you ask may be the answer to someone else who just wasn't brave enough to ask it.


ol Henry    Posted 11-27-2002 at 07:40:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some breeds of cattle do not have horns,they got that way because of selective breeding over the years. Both sexes have horns in the breeds that have them.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 11-27-2002 at 07:11:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Most do, but we used Angus(black) Bulls on the Herfords (red with white faces) and got calves that didn't have horns. This is handy if you want to sell them to someone with a feed lot, they don't have to dehorn them.
Later Bob


Burrhead    Posted 11-27-2002 at 07:34:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
since all of them don't have horns can ye put a forklift beeper on them for traffic control around the hay racks then?????


Bob /Ont.    Posted 11-27-2002 at 07:53:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Never saw cattle with a travel alarm Burr, but since you said it here someone will read this and make it a law:<)
Later Bob


I was waiting for the answer for this one also:-)    Posted 11-27-2002 at 07:18:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Bob/Ont!!

Thank You
Patria


Dumb City Kid    Posted 11-27-2002 at 11:17:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks everyone for your responses. I've learned quite a bit from this site, but this question was bugging me. Many of my co-workers (office type dumb city folk) assured me that only male bovines had horns. Something didn't seem right, so I thought I'd go to the experts. Figured that even if I didn't get a "straight" answer, I'd get a chuckle out of the deal.

Thanks again, and everyone have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

-Dumb City Kid


Hogman***only differance twixt Bulls'n Cows is Bulls have BIGGER horns.    Posted 11-28-2002 at 05:13:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Polled cattle have lost their horns through selective breeding.


Dumb City Kid    Posted 11-27-2002 at 11:17:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks everyone for your responses. I've learned quite a bit from this site, but this question was bugging me. Many of my co-workers (office type dumb city folk) assured me that only male bovines had horns. Something didn't seem right, so I thought I'd go to the experts. Figured that even if I didn't get a "straight" answer, I'd get a chuckle out of the deal.

Thanks again, and everyone have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

-Dumb City Kid


cowgirlj / The Only Dumb Questions    Posted 11-27-2002 at 15:22:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
are the ones that go un-asked! A teacher told me that once, and it is the truth. Never be afraid to ask for knowledge.


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